Contrary to claims on social media, Moyo, widow of Tunde Thomas, says she never told her husband that he was not the father of her children.
Social media has been awash with claims in a petition that the children of Moyo, a former employee of First City Monument Bank, were fathered by Adam Nuru, the bank’s managing director, recently suspended over the alleged paternity scandal.
Moyo was alleged to have informed her husband that she was leaving Nigeria for the United States with the kids, only to call him upon arrival that the children do not belong to him.
Distraught Thomas was said to have died as a result of trauma after Moyo’s alleged ‘opening up’ on the children’s paternity.
Moyo’s friends and family members had taken to social media to speak in her defence.
But in a statement in Friday, Moyo finally broke her silence on the matter.
In her statement, she denied ever telling her late husband that he was not the father of her children.
According to her, “I write about all the allegations and accusations that have recently been making the rounds on the internet and various social media platforms. I have refrained from responding to this matter for various reasons, one of which is to preserve the memories of Tunde who departed to be with his maker on December 16, 2020. Memories, not only to me, but to his children, who are still young, and to everybody who had a relationship with him.
“Just like any marriage, Tunde and I had a lot of differences in our marriage, some of which even led to police intervention. But I remain committed to keeping only positive memories of him. No one can ever understand what transpired between us or what each of us experienced in the marriage; as they say, it is he who wears the shoes that knows where it pinches. In all of it, I never for once wished him bad. His untimely and sudden death is still a shock to me as it is to many others.
“On no occasion did I ever tell him he was not the father of our two children. It is therefore deliberate falsehood and certainly malicious to allege and insinuate that I informed him that the children are not his. The children still bear his name. Only God knows why he died in an untimely period. It is not in my place, or anyone’s place to play God and talk with certainty as to the cause of his death, without proven medical facts.
“Despite our separation, we never allowed our differences affect the relationships we respectively have with the children. He still had conversations with the children like any father will, up until his sudden and unfortunate death. It is quite sad and disheartening to see the pictures of these innocent children splashed all over the internet with very disparaging and weird comments.
“I do wish his family and friends the fortitude to bear the unfortunate loss and I ask that we all be allowed to grieve his loss in peace. He has now been laid to rest and we implore all and sundry to please respect our privacy and allow those grieving his loss, including the children and I, to do so in peace.”
FCMB, which has begun a probe of the alleged paternity scandal has since suspended Nuru and replaced him with an acting MD.
Nuru, it was has also denied all allegations on the paternity claims.